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marieebo

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I'm having some doubts so hopefully I can find some help here :) I usually tend to splurge on coats, bags, clothing pieces but never on shoes. The only pair of designers shoes I own are some oxfords Prada that I got for Christmas a few years ago (and are still in perfect shape) and some very flat Chloé ones that my mom doesn't wear anymore. Other than that, I never really felt the need to own designer shoes. Now, I don't know what's happening but I'm developing an obsession with shoes (maybe it's Sex and the city) and want to own a nice pair :) I'm tempted if I should splurge for a pair I can wear everyday, like Balenciaga ceinture boots that have been a 'cult' for so long now, or Gianvito Rossi velvet boots. Or maybe some nice pumps or sandals, but I only wear heels at parties so I don't know if it would be worth it. I like to shop when my mind is clear on what I want or I always tend to go for whatever thing I'm feeling that moment and end up regretting it :hahano:
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These are my recommendations for investing in good quality shoes. Boots are probably the best to invest in, just because you get so many good uses out of it. I also find boots in general last longer than shoes.

My best purchase by far are my Stuart Weitzman boots, they're slightly cheaper than some of the other designer shoes , but they're just so nice to show off my skinny legs in. I'm also a huge fan of biker boots, but mine are cheap, there's a nice Jimmy Choo one, which I had but it barely lasted me. I'm on a lookout for a new one.
I also recommend good quality heels, I've worn some really cheaps one for uni and if you think you can't walk in heels think again, good quality ones go such a long way.
 
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I agree about the Stuart Weitzman although only for OTK types. I wouldn't purchase a designer velvet boot as I think they're very trendy and not worth the splurge if it's not something you are prone to doing. The Balenciaga are amazing but also a bit trendy and I think they've kind have had their moment? Even though it's not as exciting, I would go for a really classic pair of boots and start building your designer collection from there (granted you live somewhere that you will wear boots more than shoes). The biker boots that @classichic are probably the Youth boots and I've personally had good experiences with them...weather proofing helps!
As for flats/pumps/sandals I don't think you can go wrong with a classic Chanel flat, Manolo BB Pump or Louboutin So Kate/Pigalle in black or nude. Leather Loub's are definitely more comfortable than patent which take FOREVER to break in. The Stuart Weitzman Nudist are also a versatile option at a lower price point just always make sure to order a half size down with SW.
 
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I agree about the Stuart Weitzman although only for OTK types. I wouldn't purchase a designer velvet boot as I think they're very trendy and not worth the splurge if it's not something you are prone to doing. The Balenciaga are amazing but also a bit trendy and I think they've kind have had their moment? Even though it's not as exciting, I would go for a really classic pair of boots and start building your designer collection from there (granted you live somewhere that you will wear boots more than shoes). The biker boots that @classichic are probably the Youth boots and I've personally had good experiences with them...weather proofing helps!
As for flats/pumps/sandals I don't think you can go wrong with a classic Chanel flat, Manolo BB Pump or Louboutin So Kate/Pigalle in black or nude. Leather Loub's are definitely more comfortable than patent which take FOREVER to break in. The Stuart Weitzman Nudist are also a versatile option at a lower price point just always make sure to order a half size down with SW.
Do you girls mean the thigh high boots from Stuart Weitzman? Because I really like them and wanted to purchase them last winter but the boutiques that carry the brand didn't have my size :( So I would have to order them online but being 5'4, I'd say I'm long limbed for my height so my legs aren't short, but I still don't know if I could pull them off!
 

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Do you girls mean the thigh high boots from Stuart Weitzman? Because I really like them and wanted to purchase them last winter but the boutiques that carry the brand didn't have my size :( So I would have to order them online but being 5'4, I'd say I'm long limbed for my height so my legs aren't short, but I still don't know if I could pull them off!
I am 5'3 and love them! I do love how they look on taller girls but I also love how they look on me. I don't have the thigh high but I have the Highlands, 5050s, and Lowlands - all over the knee but not thigh high. For day-to-day I would do either the 5050s or Lowlands if you want a slightly newer model. Highlands are fun but I definitely wouldn't wear them if I was planning on wearing them all day. I am a true 36 but always order a 5.5 in SW no matter the type of shoe.
 
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Do you girls mean the thigh high boots from Stuart Weitzman? Because I really like them and wanted to purchase them last winter but the boutiques that carry the brand didn't have my size :( So I would have to order them online but being 5'4, I'd say I'm long limbed for my height so my legs aren't short, but I still don't know if I could pull them off!
I was referring to either the 5050s or the Lowlands. I think 5050s are more versatile, just because the Lowlands can appear to be more dressy, but this would depend on your height.
I'd def think you would be able to pull them off, I'm shorter than you and I do have slightly longer legs (at least that's what people tell me), when I first purchased mine I was so worried. The 5050 hits me just as it does on the knee like for Olivia Palermo, and the Lowlands are over the knee.
I think Olivia is about 5'4".

Can't seem to find any pictures of her wearing the Lowland boots.

Oh and apologies for my grammatical error in the earlier post, was having error issues :smash:.
 
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As for flats/pumps/sandals I don't think you can go wrong with a classic Chanel flat, Manolo BB Pump or Louboutin So Kate/Pigalle in black or nude. Leather Loub's are definitely more comfortable than patent which take FOREVER to break in. The Stuart Weitzman Nudist are also a versatile option at a lower price point just always make sure to order a half size down with SW.
I always hear how uncomfortable Louboutins can be though, however I don't know if it's true, I don't own any heels from them.
 

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I always hear how uncomfortable Louboutins can be though, however I don't know if it's true, I don't own any heels from them.
There are two factors: heel height and toe box. The higher the heel and smaller the toe box, the more uncomfortable. The patent definitely take longer to break in but over time I find them to be comfortable enough to wear throughout the day.
 

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There are two factors: heel height and toe box. The higher the heel and smaller the toe box, the more uncomfortable. The patent definitely take longer to break in but over time I find them to be comfortable enough to wear throughout the day.
I recently purchased a pair when I was shopping abroad in England, link below (link is to a US site, but just wanted to show a pic) - I'd say it took like 6-7 wears but they are definitely feeling more comfortable. I had to go a size down from what I normally am, because they do stretch after wear, and I had massive blisters and some bleeding at first (I generally have this with heels though), but now I can wear them pretty comfortably for a night out and they fit perfectly to my foot.

http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Christian-Louboutin-Wawy-Dolly-Patent-Squiggly-Heel-Red-Sole-Pump-Black/prod182840162/p.prod

Any suggestions for lace up biker boots that come to like mid-thigh? Also knee high boots with a super skinny calf, similar to Weitzman?
 
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I agree with the boot notion! I have a pair of Stuart Weitzman, which I adore but my favorite boots I own are by Coach. I know it's not a high end designer brand but I bought those boots 5 years ago and they are still going strong. I bought this pair this year and I can't wait to wear them!

http://www.coach.com/coach-designer-boots-caroline-boot/Q8832.html?dwvar_color=CWH&dwvar_size=9.5+R&src=googleshopping&cid=S_GPLAQ8832_campaignid=220774522&gclid=Cj0KEQjwhbzABRDHw_i4q6fXoLIBEiQANZKGW5lsIi3Iw61dvOxSXoyqAJ0yjBOhrh2xCn1_Uxe1MZYaAjAT8P8HAQ
 
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That being said, I do love the Gianvito Rossi velvet boots! They seem more timeless than a lot of 'it shoes' and I have a friend who owns a pair and she says they are very comfy.
 

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It depends on what you're looking for. The new Gucci embroidered sneakers are to die for, and depending on your style, you might get a lot of wear out of them. If it's your first time investing in shoes, a classic boot is the way forward. I got Isabel Marant black ankle boots for my birthday a few years and I have gotten so much wear out of them. Ankle boots are great because they're summer and winter proof!
 
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Alright, I just ordered the SW tieland boots and hopefully I will not regret this! I feel like I can use them in both winter and spring so I'm really excited.
 
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Idk if they're designer, but living in Colorado the salt and snow wreak havoc on most shoes & my Frye boots have lasted through it all. Four years and counting. They're nothing special, quite simple really, but I know Frye as a brand has some really good shoes.



...like I said though they may not be as dressy as you're looking for :run:
 

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I always hear how uncomfortable Louboutins can be though, however I don't know if it's true, I don't own any heels from them.
Very true in my experience. Most painful heels I've ever worn. Some shoes deceive you at first because they are comfortable and only start to hurt after a couple or several hours (I have this experience frequently with valentino shoes). Not louboutins. They hurt right away and only hurt worse as the hours drag on. I wore a pair on vacation and had to walk BAREFOOT in the hotel lobby up to my room because I could not stand another second of wearing them. And I have a pretty high pain tolerance...I've passed 5 kidney stones and had a broken rib...louboutins definitely rank high up there on the pain scale.

The most comfortable shoes I've ever worn are by Saint Laurent. The tribute sandals and candy bow sandals are SO comfortable. Never had any pain. Miu Miu also makes pretty comfortable shoes.
 
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Here are a few:

Gucci loafers
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Charlotte Olympia kitty flats:
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Alruzarra tied up flats:
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Valentino rockstud heels and boots:
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Miu Miu sneakers (very comfortable):
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Tod's:
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maryam nassir zadeh slides, gucci loafers, classic prada square toe ankle boots, stuart weitzman lowland
 
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